Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A version of a piece of software that is made available for testing, typically by a limited number of users outside the company that is developing it, before its general release:‘having fooled around with a beta version, I have to say that it's a technical marvel’Compare with alpha version
- ‘The early beta version included only HyperWord, email, and a few extras.’
- ‘For example, when tweaking the beta version resulted in some shipping delays, the firm e-mailed buyers to explain.’
- ‘We plan to ship beta versions to our external testers soon.’
- ‘One e-mail said the company will ship the first beta version of the software next February.’
- ‘It unveiled the beta version of the site to its 2 million subscribers last week and plans a hard launch within the next couple of weeks.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.